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Archive of the posts written by author: Ron Letnes.
Apr
11

TODAY WAS A BIG DEAL!

Such were the words of Fred Guttenburg whose daughter was shot and killed at Parkland. He was responding to President Biden’s announcing Executive Action to regulate Ghost Guns. Ghost Guns (GG) are a growing menace to safety. GG can be purchased online with…

Dec
22

A PROTESTANT ETHIC FOR GVP

What is a Biblical ethic for gun violence prevention (GVP)? We may begin in Genesis 1-2 with the two creation accounts. God created the earth and all life, and it was “good”. “Good” is the Will of God, meaning the Garden of Eden…

Dec
2

LITTLE DID WE KNOW

LITTLE DID WE KNOW, that as the three of us were talking about how our Catholic and Lutheran faiths energize our commitment to gun violence prevention, as we were drinking coffee and enjoying delicious carrot muffins, as we were talking about he importance…

Nov
19

RAGE TO KYRIE ELEISON

I was enraged at the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal on all counts. Then, I pled kyrie eleison. There were questions about the fairness of the trial, decisions of the judge and the make-up of the jury. Some say the prosecution’s strategy was misdirected. The…

Nov
15

INTER-FAITH INSPIRATION!

Yesterday, I attended an inter-faith gathering of Jews, Muslims, Roman Catholics, Methodists and Lutherans, whose purpose was to fine-tune a gun safety/gun violence prevention (GS/GVP) model for statewide inter-faith use. It was sponsored by Protect Minnesota and its Inter-Faith Alliance for Gun Safety…

Nov
12

COLOSSIANS vs. FREEDOM AND RIGHTS

Primal justifications for gun purchase and use are appeals to “freedom and rights” buttressed by reference to the Second Amendment. Stirred into the mix is the right of self-defense as we have heard in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Yet, the primary clarion shout…

Oct
26

IMAGINE JOEL!

The offensive goal in football is to move the ball downfield and score a touchdown. The offensive goal in gun practice is to move gun actions forward towards the goal of gun safety, that no lives be lost to gun tragedy, but instead…

Oct
19

THE LONG SLOG

Creating and succeeding in moving gun violence prevention (GVP) forward demands patience and persistence. Indeed, it is usually a LONG SLOG. Resistance is vigorous with passionate personal and political head winds. Many gun owners feel defensive and believe that if you give an…

Sep
15

FREEDOM Maligned-FREEDOM Imagined

“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1) Slavery was adherence to the Jewish Law. Paul was saying to Gentiles that in following Christ you are not bound to…

Aug
20

LITURGY FOR GVP

Envision a liturgy for gun violence prevention (GVP). Liturgy means the people act. Liturgists and activists have written liturgies for peace, for racial reconciliation, for earth care and more. Liturgies were written to frame a human condition begging the embrace of grace followed…